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Pipe Smoking Contest
A piano player, a magician or sandwiches, which would motivate you to smoke the longest?
News 1963 3 mins Silent
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With rules at the ready smokers have three ounces of tobacco, two matches and only one chance to light their pipe. Will Rathfriland’s aspiring champions hold their nerves? Who will keep it lit long enough to claim the prize and a kiss? Smokers, light your pipes!
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News 1975 3 mins Location: Knebworth Ho
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News 1960 1 mins Silent Location: Cooper's Hill
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News 1975 5 mins Location: Leicester
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Travelogue 1957 7 mins Silent Location: Lough Erne
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Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
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Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
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Documentary 1905 4 mins
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Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
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Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
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1912 5 mins Silent
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